Chipping In: Hawks 5, Wild 1 (Hawks Win Series 4-1)
So, the Wild came out absolutely desperate tonight, right? I mean they were on the brink of elimination. They certainly gave a tremendous effort and...oh the hell with it:
Minnesota did manage to take the play to the Hawks in the early going, forcing Corey Crawford to turn aside several good chances, but ultimately, the Wild didn't have enough in the tank to sustain that kind of offense and the Blackhawks scored the opening goal and then added 3 more in the second period. Early in the third period Patrick Sharp took advantage of a 5 on 3 power play and drove the stake through the collective heart of the Wild. The remainder of the game consisted of perfunctory skating around and sometimes shooting the puck.
Corey Crawford - Hey, remember when dumbass meatballs wanted to trade the Hawks best offensive player for Ryan Miller because they thought Crawford sucked? This is why I HATE meatballs.
Marian Hossa - After much bitching about the first line, Marian Hossa shut everyone up. He got the Hawks first and third goals and assisted on the 5th. That'll do, Hoss, that'll do.
Short series - The Hawks get a little rest before the second round starts up. Here's hoping the remaining series go to 7 games and are settled after 12 OT periods.
Hard to pick on anybody after the Hawks blow out a team in an elimination game. Let's just say I never thought I'd miss Dave Bolland on the second line, so congratulations to Michael Handzus on that.
Also, special mention for the officials who actually called the ultra-rare "face-off violation" minor penalty on the Hawks in the first period of tonight's game. Collect them all!
Whoever those two guys are who painted their faces red...stop, just stop.
However, if you want to see something truly beautiful, check Puck Daddy tomorrow for the Minnesota Wild eulogy. I won't give away the surprise of which blog wrote it, but let's just say you'll likely recognize a certain individual in the photos.
Wait, that totally gives it away. Fuck it, Hockeenight is providing the eulogy. And you know what? WE WROTE IT TWO DAYS AGO
Also, here's Slak:
Up Next: We sit around and wait for Detroit/Anaheim and Blues/Kings to sort themselves out. Can't you people eliminate a team in less than SIX games?